Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Feb. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$1,102,332-66%2,950--$374$14,637,7061Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$844,012-70%3,0430$277$43,820,4622Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$755,012-73%3,1562$239$38,478,9522Disney / DreamWorks
4The King's Speech$731,453-59%2,385299$307$114,962,48314Weinstein Company
5Just Go With It$670,486-72%3,544-4$189$79,457,5523Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$594,701-85%3,03723$196$74,928,9373Disney
7Drive Angry$429,280-69%2,290--$187$5,616,9051Summit
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$336,477-87%2,810-308$120$63,300,2183Paramount
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$336,105-82%2,8210$119$28,983,6242Fox
10True Grit (2010)$140,440-69%1,222-243$115$167,272,88210Paramount
11The Eagle$131,133-70%1,568-728$84$18,472,9573Focus
12No Strings Attached$120,100-62%1,366-600$88$68,880,1386Paramount
13The Roommate$110,533-72%1,726-434$64$35,928,7604Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$137,808-59%668-91$206$90,507,27112Paramount
2Black Swan$130,149-58%617-39$211$103,706,56713Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$51,855-60%13634$381$2,401,8513Fox Searchlight
4The Green Hornet$45,878-74%667-598$69$96,683,1997Sony / Columbia
5The Rite$38,126-70%545-503$70$32,348,6555Warner Bros. / New Line
6Biutiful$37,011-64%18124$204$3,820,8299Roadside Attractions
7The Mechanic$34,200-64%404-548$85$28,711,9195CBS Films
8Sanctum$33,320-66%392-985$85$23,103,3654Universal
9127 Hours$26,303-63%220-20$120$17,941,75117Fox Searchlight
10Blue Valentine (2010)$19,616-53%167-68$117$9,243,6279Weinstein Company
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,931-74%303-18$59$294,343,74115Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$16,763-65%185-57$91$3,897,4026Weinstein Company
13Yogi Bear$16,313-80%366-359$45$97,873,70611Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,885-75%248-16$64$103,792,90212Fox
15Little Fockers$11,745-81%261-24$45$147,991,97510Universal
16The Social Network$11,455-49%269156$43$96,929,35222Sony / Columbia
17The Dilemma$10,935-67%243-50$45$48,441,2907Universal
18Season of the Witch$9,338-69%17139$55$24,657,4448Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$7,622-83%204-31$37$42,447,26010Fox
20Winter's Bone$1,992-58%135115$15$6,504,65838Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$18,437-52%500$369$22,077,41350Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$5,482-50%835$66$2,068,58911Lionsgate
3From Prada to Nada$4,690-74%81-47$58$2,910,2155Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Somewhere (2010)$3,472-25%27-2$129$1,771,88810Focus
5Unstoppable (2010)$2,251-73%66-39$34$81,530,67216Fox
67 Khoon Maaf$1,868-81%683$27$255,1422UTV Communications
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,140-19%31$380$50,4793Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$862-48%156$57$1,954,02413Roadside Attractions
9Immigration Tango$219-51%2-28$110$24,0312Roadside Attractions
10Brotherhood (2010)$203-80%21$102$18,1632Phase 4 Films